As you can probably tell from the blog title, I am fond of birds, and fiber, and especially the combination of birds with fiber.
Add in the fact that there is a new baby in the family – my sister-in-law’s – and it was time for some bird sewing!
I used helpful tips from the pattern on this website, though I abandoned the measurements and paper piecing and figured I would even it all out after the fact. I just used the pictures to figure out the general idea, and then started mass producing birds.
Occasionally I went a little too quickly. There was some seam ripping.
Dratted beaks don’t always end up where you want them. I might have been a little tired at that point.
But I persevered, and the baby quilt grew.
It took awhile to decide what I wanted to do in the middle. I was going to put four more birds, like compass points, but it didn’t look right. Then I was just going to go with the light background colors in a scrappy layout. But this is for a baby, after all, and likely to be on the ground, and suffer various baby fluid indignities, so it seemed like darker colors would be the way to go.
Similarly, I went back and forth on the corners. Nests of eggs? More bright blocks? In the end, I added in more birds. Because, as has been mentioned, I really like birds.
The back got more of the bold colors.
Now just the pinning and quilting remain. I have a couple of weeks for that as my husband is going to hand deliver this when he flies to Israel in mid-October. (I actually did all this sewing a couple weeks ago, but I’ve been very behind in the blogging.)